Authorities are investigating a brazen theft at MetroPet Animal Hospital, where staff say a man "walked in off the street" and robbed the place during business hours.
The veterinary clinic, which is on Hennepin Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, was hit on Saturday morning, according to a police report.
Clinic owner and vet Dr. Kristen Harris tells GoMN that staff were seeing their first appointment of the day when it happened.
The suspect, she says, entered the lobby, and commented that he was "getting over his fear of cats." The office manager stepped away from the front desk while clients remained in the waiting room, and then Harris heard someone come through the "staff only" door.
She told the office manager to return to the front, but it was too late: the man had already "managed to steal our wallets from our purses," and also took a donation box intended for Twin Cities Pet Rescue. It contained $50-$60.
The suspect then fled on foot, according to the police report.
One employee took to the Minneapolis Scanner page on Facebook to announce what had happened, saying the "individual was a odd (sic) but not threatening," and that there was "no violence involved."
"We are all safe but deeply annoyed," she added. "Fortunately our clients were safe as well."
Harris says she and her staff canceled their credit cards "right away," and that someone soon found her driver's license and mailed it back to her.
Authorities are investigating, she says, adding, "but I am sure nothing will come of it."
Anyone with information about the robbery should call the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at 612-692-TIPS (8477), or submit a report right here.